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The Mysterious Benedict Society (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #1)
clever adventure story w/an old-fashioned feel. loved it.
Oct 2007
Sep 09, 2007
As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth
Ry has a bunch of improbable adventures after accidentally being left behind by a train in the middle of nowhere. His parents are sailing the Caribbea...more
Jul 14, 2010
Jul 15, 2010
Where Things Come Back
Summary from CIP: Seventeen-year-old Cullen's summer in Lily, Arkansas, is marked by his cousin's death by overdose, an alleged spotting of a woodpeck...more
Jan 25, 2012
Jan 27, 2012
The Miles Between
Destiny takes an unplanned road trip on her birthday with 3 classmates from boarding school, experiencing a number of coincidences along the way. The...more
Dec 21, 2009
Dec 14, 2009
Ask the Passengers
Another winner from this author, and a lovely coming of age/coming out story, with a tiny bit of magical realism. Astrid deals with closeted best frie...more
Sep 30, 2012
Oct 04, 2012
The Hotel Under the Sand
Kinda quirky and old-fashioned fantastical story about a young girl who loses everything in a terrible storm and is washed ashore on "the Dunes." Then...more
Mar 17, 2010
Mar 17, 2010
The Space Between Trees
Quirky, loner teen girl happens to be around when the body of a classmate and former friend is found in the woods. Interesting story of how the death...more
Sep 05, 2010
Sep 11, 2010
When You Reach Me
Interesting and complex middle grade novel set in 1979 about a sixth grade girl who starts receiving anonymous notes soon after she and her best frien...more
Jul 12, 2009
Jul 15, 2009
One Year in Coal Harbor (Coal Harbour #2)
Sequel to 'Everything on a Waffle,' which I loved. Revisits town of Coal Harbor and Primrose, now living with her parents but trying to play matchmake...more
Apr 28, 2012
Apr 29, 2012
The Outlandish Adventures of Liberty Aimes
Quirky middle-grade novel about a 10yo girl who lives with her evil father and unnaturally obese mother, then runs away to escape the father and has a...more
Jul 04, 2009
Jul 04, 2009
How I Stole Johnny Depp's Alien Girlfriend
Boy runs away with young woman (who is a psychiatric patient of his father's) who believes Johnny Depp is her chosen one and she's supposed to take hi...more
Jun 17, 2011
Jun 18, 2011
The Dragonfly Pool
didn't love this one as much as susie w. (sorry!).
set in ww2-era england, young tally is sent to a progressive boarding school where she blossoms and...more
Dec 29, 2008
Dec 31, 2008
Close to Famous
Middle schooler Foster moves to WV with her mom (to escape an abusive boyfriend), dreaming of being the first child chef on the food network but hampe...more
Feb 05, 2011
Feb 05, 2011
Charming, old-fashioned story that crosses Charlotte's Web with Chasing Vermeer. Marvin the beetle becomes unlikely friends with James the boy when th...more
Nov 23, 2008
Nov 23, 2008
A Corner of White (The Colors of Madeleine, #1)
much more believable than schmidt 'what came from the stars' - also a parallel tale of real world and fantasy world which intersect in quirky way when...more
Jun 26, 2013
Jun 29, 2013
The Wrap-Up List
In a world like ours where things work slightly differently, Gabriela finds out she's scheduled for "departure" in 1 week and makes a wrap-up (bucket)...more
Jan 15, 2013
Jan 16, 2013
The Golden Hour (Time-Travel Series, #1)
Quirky time-travel adventure featuring two sets of brothers and sisters who meet in a small town in New England. They wind up back in the time of the...more
Jun 09, 2009
Jun 09, 2009
The Waters & the Wild
13yo Bee starts to question her reality after seeing a vision of herself/doppelganger. Has author's signature surreal atmosphere, but reads a little y...more
Sep 08, 2009
Sep 06, 2009
My Most Excellent Year
Very sweet and funny book told in 3 alternating perspectives, looking back on the events of a ninth grade year in Brookline, Mass. Told in letters, sc...more
May 26, 2008
May 26, 2008
Savvy (Savvy, #1)
In a family where kids discover their gift ('savvy') on their 13th birthday, young teen Mibs can't wait to find out what hers will be. Then her father...more
Jun 13, 2008
Jun 15, 2008
Me, the Missing, and the Dead
Kinda bizarre, but truly enjoyable contemporary teen novel set in London. Lucas winds up in possession of cremated ashes of old lady named Violet Park...more
Nov 2008
Nov 02, 2008
Julia Gillian (and The Art Of Knowing)
really adorable middle grade novel about a 9 yo girl living in minneapolis with her big sheepdog and her parents (both teachers). jg's parents are bus...more
Aug 30, 2008
Aug 31, 2008
Kaline Klattermaster's Tree House
Kaline is a odd-but-cute 3rd grade boy who adjusts to life w/his mom after his dad leaves, spending lots of time playing imaginary games, and emphasiz...more
Apr 26, 2008
Apr 26, 2008
Antsy Does Time (Antsy Bonano, #2)
Companion to 'The Schwa Was Here.' This time Antsy finds out his classmate is dying and signs over a month of his life, causing a chain reaction of ev...more
Nov 07, 2008
Nov 10, 2008
My One Hundred Adventures (My One Hundred Adventures #1)
I keep wanting to read another Everything on a Waffle, but this one isn't it either. Eh.
Kid in quirky family wants to have many adventures over the c...more
Jul 15, 2008
Jul 17, 2008
The Corps of the Bare-Boned Plane
bizarre and darkly funny, the story of 2 cousins who go to live with a rich uncle on a remote island off the coast of british columbia after the death...more
Aug 2007
Aug 11, 2007
The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World
took me about half the book to start to care about the characters. well-written enough, but i'm not sure how accessible the book is to young readers....more
Dec 2007
Nov 28, 2007
Emma Jean Lazarus Fell Out of a Tree
quirky short novel about 7th grade girl making friends, though she doesn't quite fit in at school. kinda reminiscent of 'millicent min.' thoroughly en...more
Oct 2007
Oct 25, 2007
The Spell Book of Listen Taylor
not as good as her other teen books, this one seems like it might appeal more to adults. overly quirky, almost annoying, characters and situations. di...more
Aug 2007
Aug 19, 2007
I Am Not Joey Pigza (Joey Pigza, #4)
Aug 2007
Aug 12, 2007
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